Local News

  • School district facing layoffs

    The final numbers are still locked up in the legislative process, but reduced funding for education could force the Gadsden County School Board to layoff up to 88 employees.

    This is shaping up like the worst budget year for education in the last 20 years," said Superintendent Reginald C. James. "What make this more difficult than anything I've faced is that we have in the last three years had to cut our budget continually."

  • Storm rips through city

    A band of severe thunderstorms raced over Gadsden County early Tuesday morning leaving leaving power outages, down trees and damages. No lives, however, were loss.
        "I was sound asleep. I woke up with ceiling tiles, nails and stuff all around me. I was scared. I didn't know what was happening said Willie Mae Long who lives on Love Street in Quincy.

  • County Board fires Johnny Williams

      County Administrator Johnny Williams is out. By a 3-2 vote Williams was terminated after two years. Commissioners Brenda Holt, Eugene Lamb and Sherrie Taylor voted not to extend Williams' contact and give him six months severance pay, his contract also calls for a 30-day written notice which will be negotiated between the attorney and the Human Resources Director. Arthur Lawson, human resources director, will be interim county administrator.

  • Monument honors fallen officer

     Four years ago, on March 25, two officers from the Moncks Corner, S.C. police department were dispatched to a domestic violence incident. One of the officers was Quincy native son, PFC Lonnie Michael Wells and the other was Cpt. Marcus Stiles. Neither man returned that day because they were both killed by the husband of the woman they went to protect.
        "I have made a promise that, as long as I am able, I will be in Quincy, Florida on March 25," said Lt. Wendell Bowen III of the Moncks Corner police department.

  • City police moving in with GCSO

    The walls are cracking and peeling and some who work inside the Quincy Police Department feel it's an unsafe working environment. Tuesday night, during the regular meeting of the Quincy City Commission, Chief Walt McNeil requested that the department relocate to the W.A. Woodham Justice Center.
    "This action is being requested as a result of the severe water intrusion problems at the current location. If approved, this action would allow the police chief to work with the Gadsden County Sheriff to develop and implement a 30 days relocation plan not to exceed $40,000." McNeil said.

  • Gadsden County faces numerous lawsuits

    The term "lawsuit" nowadays, when heard locally, usually refers to the recent against filed against some Gadsden County government officials.

    This racial discrimination lawsuit, which is moving forward in federal court and the allegations surrounding it are based on events leading up to the 2008 election, which have continued through early this month.

  • Four cities face April elections

          Quincy, Gretna, Midway, and Chattahoochee will hold city elections April 26.
    The deadline for qualifying was March 18 at 12 noon and there were a few surprises.
        • In Quincy City Commissioner Keith Dowdell has no opposition in District 1. Larry Edwards, a former commissioner, faces a political newcomer Wade Williams to represent District 5.

  • NAACP President Adodra Obi Nweze attacks racism in Gadsden County

    Florida NAACP President Adodra Obi Nweze was joined by local and regional NAACP leaders at the Gadsden County Courthouse on Thursday, March 17. See the March 24 Gadsden County Times for the complete story.

  • City parts ways with Progress Energy

    It had been a long and sometimes rocky relationship between the City of Quincy and utilities provider Progress Energy. Progress Energy, for the past 50 years, has been the sole supplier of energy to the city. And, the city was at times, as much as $2 million in the red with its own utility payment to the company. At one point the company threatened to cut the city's utilities off and suggested city officials call the governor for help to pay the utility bill.

  • WGHS Cadets escorted the new governor

    Recently, the West Gadsden Panther Battalion was selected as Gov. Rick Scott's personal escorts
    for he and his guest dignitaries at the 2011 Florida Governor's Inauguration at the State Capitol.

    West Gadsden High School was the only Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps Unit selected for this honor, while Florida A&M University represented all senior units.

    West Gadsden Cadets offered VIP treatment to the Governor and his distinguished colleagues.